IN VITRO FERTILIZATION PIONEER RETURNS TO JOHNS HOPKINS

New infertility and reproductive technologies program established at Hopkins

June 10, 1997
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Jairo Garcia, M.D., an expert in infertility and reproductive technologies returns to Johns Hopkins July 1 as director of its in vitro fertilization (IVF) program.

Garcia's appointment as associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics and head of The Johns Hopkins Assisted IVF Program caps his 12 years as director of the IVF program at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Garcia has been instrumental in the birth of more than 1,650 children to parents with fertility problems. "Hopkins offers me the ability to provide exceptional patient care, as well as the resources to extend my investigation into human reproduction, through its world renowned research facilities," Garcia says.

"Dr. Garcia's leadership will enhance our outstanding IVF program," says Harold E. Fox, M.D., chairman of gynecology/obstetrics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. "Our new facilities, cutting-edge science and commitment to excellence at Green Spring Station and The Hopkins medical campus make our program the most comprehensive in the region."

Garcia was a postdoctoral fellow in reproductive endocrinology at Hopkins from 1974 to 1976 with Drs. Howard and Georgeanna Seegar Jones, his Hopkins mentors and pioneers in IVF. He returned to the U.S. in 1979 to work with the Joneses at the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia, which the Joneses established. Garcia's return to Hopkins marks the opening, on June 1, of a new assisted reproductive technology program in The Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center featuring a state-of-the-art unit, and integration of services performed by endocrinologists, urologists, embryologists, anesthesiologists and nursing. The procedures offered include: IVF, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, and surgical procedures for patients with profound reproductive defects.

Hopkins' gynecology/obstetrics department has been rated among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for several years.


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